Martin County Library System Press Releases

February 8, 2012

Ellliott Museum ARTtalk Lecture Series Begins Feb. 15 at Cummings Library

For immediate release: Feb. 8, 2012                                       
Contact:  Susan Opasik, Martin County Library System, Public Relations, 772-463-2863   

Elliott Museum ARTtalk Lecture Series Begins Feb. 15 at Cummings Library
WHO:  Martin County Library System, in partnership with the Elliott Museum

WHAT: 2012 ARTtalk Lecture Series

WHEN:       Third Wednesday of the month at 2:00 p.m., Feb. 15 through May 16, 2012

WHERE:     Cummings Library, Donahue Room, 2551 S.W. Matheson Avenue, Palm City

HOW:    Free and open to the public.  No reservations required.
February 15 – Cristina de la Vega and Dennis Aufiery:  Evolution of Painting   

Cristina de la Vega has been a Florida resident for over 30 years and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Florida State University.  After graduating, de la Vega was an apprentice to Neil Welliver over many Maine summers.  In 2010, Florida’s Governor named de la Vega Hispanic Artist of the Year.  In the last twelve months de la Vega has painted in Maine, Wyoming and in multiple locations in Florida.

Dennis Aufiery received his Master’s of Fine Arts degree from the University of  Pennsylvania, where he studied with Neil Welliver, Alex Katz, Alfred Leslie and Yvonne Jacquette.  He received the Josef Albers Fellowship to the Skowhegan School.  He also studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.  Most recently, Aufiery received the Cranberry Isle, Maine residency award from the Heliker-LaHotan Foundation.

March 21 – Janet Batet and Jose A. Navarrete:  The Art Fair: How Basel, Venice and Miami Are Influencing the Production of Art

 Janet Batet is an independent curator, art critic, and essayist. Currently she lives in both Miami and Montreal.  She is a former researcher and curator at the Development Center of Visual Arts and a former professor at the Higher Institute of Art, both in Havana.  She is passionate about contemporary art, Latin American art, and new technology.  Her articles on art practices are regularly published in Art Nexus, Art Pulse, Arte al Dia, Wynwood Art Magazine, Art Experience: NYC, and El Nuevo Herald among others.

José Antonio Navarrete works as a researcher and independent curator of Art and Visual Culture.  Currently he is the Director in charge of Research, Curatorship, Education and Library Services for the Museum of Contemporary Art Sofia Inber in Caracas, Venezuela and a visiting professor of the PhD program of Museum Studies at the Francisco de Miranda University.  He has published several books and over three hundred articles for international art catalogues and art and culture magazines.  The National University of Colombia published his latest work, Museum Management and Marketing, this year.

April 18 – Jane du Brin:  The Influence of Modernist Ideals on Artists’ Treatment of the Figure

Jane du Brin received her MA 2-D Arts at California State University.  She has conducted art studios and art history seminars at colleges in Florida, California and New York, most recently as an adjunct with Indian River State College, in Fort Pierce.
May 16 – Niurka Barroso, Deborah Gooch and Amarilis Velis:  Three Women Artists:  Aesthetics and Identity

Artists Niurka Barroso, Deborah Gooch and Amarilis Velis have been using black-and-white photography and a rainbow of tropical colors in paintings to explore their own body and the syncretism of their native cultures to search for meaning and identity.  The three artists will discuss their work and references to popular culture, social themes, myth and taboo.
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